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NYM@PHI: Lee returns from DL with six solid innings

Odds are, Cliff Lee won't last 10 innings when he takes the hill on Tuesday.

He will, however, have a longer leash, according to Phillies skipper Charlie Manuel. Lee tossed 10 scoreless innings against the Giants on April 18. Three days later, he landed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left oblique.

In Lee's first start since returning from the DL, Manuel limited him to 84 pitches over six innings. Manuel said Monday that Lee's pitch count would be between 85 and 100 this time out.

"Last time he pitched, I wanted to send him back out," Manuel said. "It crossed my mind, yes. But I didn't want to get him hurt."

Lee only needed 102 pitches to get through his 10-inning performance. The southpaw is still searching for his first win of the season, despite compiling a 2.17 ERA in four starts.

On Tuesday, Lee will face an Astros lineup that has produced just 13 runs in its last eight games. Houston is 2-6 during that stretch.

The club's offensive slump might be best reflected in outfielder J.D. Martinez's numbers. The 24-year-old is mired in a 1-for-36 slide, which has lowered his average to .221. Martinez didn't play on Monday, and has just five at-bats in the last six days.

"I think he's OK," Astros manager Brad Mills said. "It's not a discipline thing at all. It's for him to take a breath a little bit. That's all."

Martinez said his struggles have been mental.

"I feel like it's just in my head," he said. "That's why Mills is giving me a couple of days, just to clear my mind."

Astros: Lyles to make start
• Right-hander Jordan Lyles was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City on Tuesday to make the start. To make room on the roster for Lyles, the Astros optioned right-hander David Carpenter to Oklahoma City. Carpenter was 0-2 with a 4.02 ERA in 14 appearances for the Astros this season.

Lyles will make his second Major League start of the season. He was recalled and started on April 29 at Cincinnati, allowing three runs in six innings in a 6-5 loss to the Reds. He didn't get a decision and was optioned back to Triple-A after the game.

Lyles was 5-0 with a 3.49 ERA with eight walks and 32 strikeouts in six starts for Oklahoma City. His last start was a 1-0 win over Las Vegas on Thursday in which he hurled 6 2/3 shutout innings.

Phillies: Relievers search for consistency
• Antonio Bastardo, Chad Qualls and Jonathan Papelbon combined to throw two scoreless innings of relief in Monday's 5-1 win. Those three have been Philadelphia's most reliable relievers. However, the bullpen as a whole entered Monday's contest with the National League's worst ERA, at 5.23.

Kyle Kendrick is 0-3 with a 7.32 ERA. Michael Schwimer has posted an 8.53 ERA in 6 1/3 innings.

Right-hander Jose Contreras, 40, sports an ERA of 9.00.

"We still think we can get him right," Manuel said.

• Placido Polanco notched his 2,000th career hit with a two-run home run in the eighth inning on Monday. It was the 36-year-old's first long ball this season.

Worth noting
• The Astros are 32-21 against the Phillies since 2004. They are the only National League club with a winning record vs. Philadelphia in that time frame.

• Phillies second baseman Freddy Galvis recorded three hits on Monday and now has eight hits in his last 18 at-bats (.444 average).

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